“Cisgender” Is Now Defined In The Oxford English Dictionary


The word “cisgender” has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary with the definition, “Designating a person whose sense of personal identity corresponds to the sex and gender assigned to him or her at birth.” This is a symbolic win for the transgender community, as it asserts “cisgender” as one of many categories of personal identification, but not necessarily the norm from which trans* and other-identifying people deviate from. [The Independent]


Some of the 219 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls from the town of Chibok have been forced to fight for Boko Haram. Witnesses have seen the girls “terrorizing other captives” and doing some of the killing for Boko Haram, and three women who were held in the same camp as some of the girls said that they have been brainwashed, armed, and trained to punish other captives. [BBC]


Ever wondered what the differences are between male and female serial killers? Women are more likely to serially kill family members, and although they cite financial reasons for the murders they commit, they often come from middle- and upper-class families. Also, 40 percent of them work in health care, usually as nurses, so be nice to your nurses. [TIME]


Maybe Chris Pratt was right, and female objectification of men is in vogue: Read this argument about the rise of the female gaze in pop culture, as epitomized best in the “Magic Mike” movies. [Flavorwire]

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